Federal civil rights lawsuit filed in police Taser death of mentally ill man in Albany



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ALBANY, New York — The family of a mentally ill man who died after Albany police subdued him with a stun gun has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the three police officers involved in the fatal confrontation last April.

The death of 39-year-old Albany resident Donald Ivy Jr. led to public protests after it was revealed he was unarmed and had committed no crime when officers confronted him as he walked to a store near his home. Police said Ivy made a lunging motion as the officers assigned to a gun violence unit questioned him.

Ivy went into cardiac arrest after police chased him and used a Taser to subdue him. A coroner's report noted Ivy had a pre-existing heart condition that contributed to his death.

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